This one pot Asian steak bites and potatoes dinner is amazingly easy to make and even easier to eat. Tender, juicy, flavorful bites of beef cooked together with mini potatoes and asparagus is the perfect dinner - any night of the week.
Looking for an easy dish to please the whole family? This Amazing honey garlic steak bites recipe made with both potatoes and asparagus is the answer. Main dish and side dish - all in one crock pot!
A simple recipe with great flavor that makes for an easy weeknight meal the entire family will love? Yes, please!!
To make these juicy steak bites you will need these simple ingredients which can be found in any grocery store:
- stew beef - cut into bite-sized pieces
- baby potatoes - or large potatoes cut into 2" chunks
- tomato paste and honey - these add flavor and helps to thicken the sauce
- soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar - which together make a wonderfully flavored sauce
- fresh garlic - minced or grated - because everything is better with garlic!
- asparagus - or other green veggie (see substitutions below)
- sesame seeds and sliced green onions - garnish (optional)
Exact quantities and detailed instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post
What is stew meat?
Beef that is labeled "stew meat" is generally cut into smaller chunks. It is made up of small pieces that the butcher had left over when prepping larger cuts of tougher meats. I love to use this type of meat in my slow cooker for several reasons:
1. It is one of the most cost-effective ways to buy meat
2. It is already cut up so it saves a step with recipes like this one.
3. It is perfect for slow cooking because it can cook all day - becoming more tender as it goes.
Other less expensive cuts of meat work for this recipe just as well. The best cuts to use for slow cooker meals are: chuck roast, round (rump) steak or roast, and sirloin steak.
Sirloin steak - sirloin beef is a less fatty cut of meat that is often a little on the tough side making it perfect for low and slow cooking
Round steak - round steak (often referred to as rump) also has little marbling or fat to it. It comes from a hard working muscle and is also on the tougher side - perfect for slow cooker recipes
Chuck roast - chuck is a fattier meat than sirloin and round steak. It is also tough, but very flavorful and it holds its flavor well when slow cooking.
Preparing your slow cooker
Prepare your slow cooker by coating it in a non-stick agent. Any nonstick cooking spray or oil will work
NOTE: some slow cooker inserts come with a nonstick surface. Use of a non-stick agent is still suggested. However, oil is sometimes recommended over spray to protect the longevity of the non-stick surface. Check the manual for your slow cooker if you have any concerns.
Alternatively, you can choose to use a slow cooker liner.
Add beef cubes and baby potatoes into your greased slow cooker. Top with the rest of the ingredients - other than the asparagus and garnishes - and stir to combine. Your dish is now ready to cook!
For best results, cook your crockpot steak bites low and slow! This will give you the most tender, juicy beef and rich flavor. 8-10 hours on the low setting is average. Your beef should be juicy and falling apart.
If you are crunched for time, you can cook beef tips on the high setting for 4-5 hours. However, longer cooking at a lower temps will always yield the best results. I have found that stew meat chunks can dry out easier on the high setting.
About 15 minutes prior to serving, place a sheet of foil or parchment paper on top of the ingredients in your slow cooker. Placed seasoned, raw asparagus into the slow cooker on top of this sheet and cover. When asparagus is cooked to your preference, your dish is ready to serve.
Top with a delicious sprinkling of sesame seeds and sliced green onion.
Although it is a full meal as is, a simple side salad and crusty bread loaf make great additions. Buttered egg noodles also make a wonderful side dish.
Green beans or broccoli florets make great subs for the asparagus in this dish. Cook both in the same manner as described for the asparagus.
If you would rather not use baby potatoes, yukon gold potatoes cut into chunks are a good option. If you prefer not to use pre-cut stew meat, the different cuts mentioned above are great too.
I use low sodium soy sauce in this family favorite recipe, but any will work.
If you love this recipe, please let me know in the comment section below!
Store leftover steak bites in an airtight container or zip top bag. They will last 3-4 days in the refrigerator or about 3 months in the freezer. Defrosted meat and potatoes can be easily reheated in the microwave.
😉Hints & hacks
- Using a slow cooker liner is an optional step. I like to purchase my liners in bulk for a less expensive per-piece price.
- This is an easy weeknight meal for days when your people will be eating at different times. When your cooking is done, turn your slow cooker to the warm setting. Everyone can have a warm and filling meal with minimal effort no matter when their dinner time is.
- We love our asparagus (and most green veggies) just lightly cooked. If you prefer yours more well done, add them into your slow cooker earlier.
- This is a great dish to double for a crowd. The ingredients should all be doubled in the same proportions, but the cooking time will not change.
- In the market for a new slow cooker? I love mine!
- Always double check to make sure your slow cooker is on and plugged in!!! Coming home to a cold slow cooker is the worst!
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Slow Cooker Asian Steak Bites and Potatoes
- measuring cups and spoons
- 2 lbs stew meat cut into 2" chunks
- 24 oz potatoes baby potatoes or large potatoes cut into 2" chunks
- 6 oz tomato paste
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ½ cup honey
- 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 3 cloves garlic minced or grated
- 10 oz asparagus or green beans
- sesame seeds and sliced green onion garnish (optional)
- grease or spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking agent of choice
- add stew meat and potatoes into the bottom of the slow cooker2 lbs stew meat, 24 oz potatoes
- add in all sauces and spices and stir to combine6 oz tomato paste, ½ cup soy sauce, ½ cup honey, 2 tablespoon rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, 3 cloves garlic
- 15 - 30 minutes prior to serving, place a piece of foil on top of slow cooker ingredients. Place asparagus (seasoned anyway you like) on top of foil10 oz asparagus
- cover and cook for an additional 15 - 30 minutes until asparagus is cooked to your liking
- sprinkle meat and potatoes with sesame seeds and sliced green onion for garnishsesame seeds and sliced green onion